All this has shown is that Muslims missed the point of the speech, and in fact have endeavored to fulfill Benedict’s warnings rather than prove him wrong. If one reads the speech at Regensburg, the entire speech, one understands that the entire point was to reject violence in pursuing religion in any form, be it Islam, Christianity, Judaism, or Bahai. The focal point of the speech was not the recounting of the debate between Manuel II and the unnamed Persian, but rather the rejection of reason and of God that violence brings.[…]
The Muslims are not interested in a Socratic dialogue, such as the kind proposed by Benedict in his speech, if one actually bothered to read it. They completely reject any notion of critical thinking when it comes to their doctrines, their laws, and their beliefs. They can make all the comments they want about Jews being descended from pigs and monkeys and the “polytheism” of Christians, but if anyone utters a word of scholarly criticism about Islam, the murders begin until someone admits that Islam is better than any other faith.
This drips with irony — because Benedict spoke about precisely this impulse in his speech. It’s conversion or submission by the sword all over again. UPDATE: See Ed’s open letter to the Pope.
Do not apologize for speaking the truth. Stand up to the threats and violence and make the world understand that no one of any faith or of no faith at all has to be cowed or intimidated into silence. Your predecessor, John Paul the Great, risked his life by providing a beacon of courage against the might and will of Communism, and he outlived it in the end. We won’t outlive the violent nature of radical Islam, but we can provide the basis for Christianity’s survival by standing against it now.
Then, she (in that way she does best) weaves in the story of the murdered nun in Somalia – of course, the blinkered MSM refuses to see the connection here. Or here. Or (delinked) here. Or even here (when one of their OWN AP PHOTOGRAPHERS is captured with Al Qaeda terrorists). Dozens of additional connections that anyone with half a brain can connect. The MSM still REFUSES any self-examination on their agenda of dhimmitude. Unbelievable!
ATB expounds on “the curse of all who dare to speak the truth“.
The Baron has a very informative piece on the tidal cycle of Islamism in Turkey.
The only way the West will be victorious is for us to take back the culture.
And finally, you knew it was coming – The Islamic Terrorist’s Rage-O-Meter.
UPDATE: Reliapundit left this comment on Ed’s Letter to the Pope:
You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they?
Even so, every good tree bears good fruit; but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.
The meaning is clear to me. And I think we can apply the question, the test, the metaphor to Islam.
We MUST ask: “What are the fruits of the man they say is a prophet, Mohhumed?”
I say the answer is clear: Violence; ignorance; misogyny; genocide; poverty; tyranny; gender apartheid; terror.
I think the rational conclusion is clear: if you believe that what Jesus said was true, then you MUST conclude that Islam is a false creed promulgated by a false prophet which has misled millions upon millions of people who believe it to be a true way to worship the Eternal One.
I guess some people think there are strategic and tactical reasons for folks like the Pope and the POTUS not to make this point simply and clearly, and to continue to call Islam an RoP – and to apologize for simply telling the TRUTH.
But I think it is absurd. It endangers our lives, and our civilization – and our ability to worship the Eternal One OUR way. It turns us all into dhimmis.
The Pope will never save Cathoilicism or Christianity in Europe if he cannot defend it against islamothugs in the Middle East.
Pretty much wraps it up in a nutshell, don’t you think?